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New internet 'hybrid mail' service to compete with Deutsche Post

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New internet 'hybrid mail' service to compete with Deutsche Post
10:36 CEST+02:00
German publisher Georg von Holtzbrinck has teamed up with private logistics companies to create a 'hybrid mail' service using the internet for quicker delivery at a lower cost, according to weekly news magazine WirtschaftsWoche.

According to the magazine, Berlin's Pin Mail, Freiburg's Arriva, Main-Post Logistik from Würzburg, and Netherlands service Post TNT are meeting this week to discuss plans to the combination of e-mail with traditional "snail mail" that could revolutionise postal services.

The meeting in Berlin on Thursday will focus on bringing the new product to all of Germany, with a focus on small and medium-sized companies.

These companies can use the online service as an alternative to Deutsche Post to electronically send bills, contract correspondence and insurance memos to letter portals, where they will be printed and delivered regionally.

“This should reduce transport costs and guarantee delivery within 24 hours nationwide,” the magazine said.

Pin Mail already formed its first internet portal for uploading letters in July, and more are set to follow soon after the meeting on Thursday.

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